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CARMEL, N.Y. – Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt presented proclamations of recognition to Carmel residents Yvonne Rustico and Marjorie Nichols Keith at a Town of Carmel Board Meeting Wednesday night.

Rustico was presented with the 2013 New York State Senate 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame honor and Nichols Keith was honored as the 2013 New York State Senate 40th District Woman of Distinction.

Both distinctions were made by Supervisor Schmitt when Senator Greg Ball asked each town supervisor in the 40th senate district to nominate individuals for those honors.

Rustico served in the Navy during World War II and Nichols-Keith has done volunteer work in Carmel and Putnam County, with various organizations, for most of her life.

“Both women were excellent choices. They are examples of outstanding women in the community,” Schmitt said. “It was an easy decision for me to nominate them because of their backgrounds and the contributions they have made to this community for many years.”

Nichols-Keith, who was born and raised in Carmel “exemplifies volunteerism,” says Schmitt.

She has worked for 38 years for Cornell Cooperative Extension and has also served on many boards and committees including, Putnam Hospital Center Foundation, Putnam Economic Development Corporation and the Rotary Club of Carmel.

Nichols-Keith’s also runs the annual Putnam County 4H Fair, which she mentioned in her address to the public at Wednesday’s town board meeting where she thanked the over 700 volunteers of the event.

“I have just been very privileged to have the opportunity to serve the residents of the Town of Carmel and the County professionally with my work with Cornell Cooperative Extension and also with my community life with the rotary and other organizations I have been involved with… the success of the fair wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that come out to make that event happen and I don’t think there’s another place in New York State where this would occur,” Nichols Keith said.

Supervisor Schmitt said Nichols-Keith is a consummate volunteer who is always giving back to the community in a variety of ways, which he appreciates greatly.

“She works tirelessly with many, many hours and she doesn’t ask for anything in return,” Schmitt said. “She is just one of those people that stuck out in my mind that was well deserving of that honor.”

Schmitt also acknowledged Rustico’s military service. Rustico served as a Navy Wave from 1944-1945. By the time she was discharged she had reached the distinction of Yeomen 3rd Class.

Rustico was also a Girl Scout leader for many years as she raised her family in Town of Carmel community.

“The service to our nation by Yvonne Rustico is tremendous,” Schmitt said. He went on to say that Rustico’s credentials made her a clear choice to be nominated for the honor of 2013 New York State Senate 40th Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“There are a lot of people in this community that could have been considered (for nominations) but I think that those two were excellent choices and I’m very proud to have nominated them,” Schmitt said. “They are two people that will continue to give back to this community in a lot of different ways.” (ARTICLE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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